“He’s in the veteran category but is still racing as well as ever.”
That how trainer Cameron Bahen described his chaser Zoolander who will contest a heat of the Ballarat Greyhound Club Committee Grade 5 at Ballarat on Wednesday night.
Zoolander is the kennel star having already posted thirty career wins, and earning connections in excess of $50,000 in prize money.
The son of Hot Chill is a reliable beginner from the boxes, and has the unique statistic of having won from each box draw throughout his career.
Zoolander will tonight jump from Box 4 in the third of eight heats to be run over the new 390 metre distance.
“Box draws certainly don’t worry me as he is generally quick out.” Bahen said.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Zoolander, who tore a back muscle at Warrnambool in February which put him off the racing scene for six months.
“We don’t give him too much work during the week these days due to his age and his recent injury, but he just comes out and tries his heart out at each race start.”
Since returning to the track Zoolander has notched up two wins and two second placing’s, from just six outings.
“Hopefully he will lead. If he can he will certainly give the opposition something to chase.”
Others in contention in an open race are Born Princess and Our Abby.
Born Princess for Warrnambool trainer Noel Mugavin has won four of her last five starts, and was an impressive winner at Geelong last Friday night.
Born Princess also likes to lead in her races and will jump from inside Zoolander in Box 3.
Our Abby from the Lauren Gorman kennel has had just four race starts, for two wins at Sale.
Her Box 7 draw should not affect her chances in the race as she has already won from an outside box draw.
The winning greyhounds from each of the eight heats will advance to the final to be run next Wednesday night.